The Mexican auto industry is the seventh-largest passenger vehicle producer in the world and ranks sixth overall in production of heavy-duty vehicles for cargo. Representing close to 10 million direct and indirect jobs and contributing roughly 4% of Mexico’s gross domestic product, the automotive industry is a critical driver of the Mexican economy. Because 76 percent of light-duty vehicles and 90 percent of heavy-duty vehicles are exported to the United States, the auto industry is also a key pillar of the North American regional economy.
The task force initially focused on developing a binational roadmap with policy recommendations across five main themes: Innovation, Human Capital, Supplier Development, Infrastructure, and Governance. Participants later adopted two new objectives: the creation of three working groups (light-duty vehicles, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, and public transport in cities) and expanding the scope of work to include the full range of “Zero-Emission Vehicles.”
In the pursuit of these goals, the task force has shared the following publications:
In November 2022, members of the task force presented a progress report at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC – COP27) in Egypt.
In February 2023, the Mexican Foreign Ministry (SRE) published a summary road map for the ZEV transition: “Diagnosis and Recommendations for the Transition of Mexico’s Automotive Industry.
UC Alianza MX has also prepared a concept note summarizing the overall objectives and activities of the Task Force.